03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WGA Authorized To Strike ... As Expected

That's what members in the know are telling me. But the vote totals won't be officially announced until Friday at 3 pm. Here's some timing news, according to what I've heard: The WGA negotiators newly armed with a strike authorization won't necessarily call for a walkout right after their 3-year contract with the studios and networks expires October 31st. They'll most likely keep negotiating without a strike call for several weeks (I've heard until Christmas but not beyond New Year) since the threat will hang over the heads of the producers and provide an added sense of urgency. A strike call is expected right before the end of the year if more progress isn't made with AMPTP.

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